Have you ever read something in a magazine and then had the opportunity to experience it? It is a magical experience when what you read comes to life. Just the other day, Scholastic News wrote an article, A New Kind of Field Trip, which explains how Google has created virtual field trips called Expeditions.
Scholastic shares the details of how it works.
“Google supplies schools with cardboard viewfinders and smartphones that give students 3 –D panoramic views of the places there are visiting. The teacher leads the tour using software that runs on a tablet. “ (Scholastic News, 2015)
Last Thursday, Google provided a free and unique experience for all of our 2nd through 5th graders. Our class had short visits to, the Great Wall of China, Yosemite National Park, The Grand Canyon, Mount Rushmore, Caribbean, Yellowstone, The Coral Reef, The Taj Mahal, the inside of a shark tank and the moon!
Joie said, “It doesn’t take anytime to get to these places. Evie shared, “ I like that you could turn around and see everything behind, above, below and in front of you. Tyler added, “ With that type of advanced technology, who needs field trips!”
"A New Kind of Field Trip." Scholastic News 23 Nov. 2015: 2. Web. 17 Dec. 2015.
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